Thursday, 17 October, 2019

Bill de Blasio ends 2020 presidential campaign

With NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he is dropping out of the presidential race With NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he is dropping out of the presidential race
Deanna Wagner | 20 September, 2019, 16:42

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said during an MSNBC television appearance on Friday that he is dropping out of the 2020 presidential campaign. He announced his decision in an MSNBC interview on Friday.

When de Blasio took office in 2014, he seemed briefly poised to become a leading voice for an emerging left-wing of the Democratic Party.

De Blasio said he feels he has contributed all he can "to this primary election".

"Part time Mayor of New York City, @BilldeBlasio, who was polling at a solid ZERO but had tremendous room for growth, has shocking dropped out of the Presidential race".

"I saw America in full - not as it appears on Twitter and cable news, where we're constantly shown a country hamstrung by our differences and unable to tackle the problems we face", he wrote. "Whoever our nominee is, let's make sure we're talking to the hearts of working people". But he failed to resonate in the polls and was criticized for neglecting his duties as mayor to run for president, most notably during a brief blackout in Manhattan in July which happened when he was campaigning in Iowa.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio during a July Democratic Presidential Debate
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio during a July Democratic Presidential Debate

"We are figuring out who we are", he said then.

On his campaign's first day, de Blasio dived into an insult match with Trump. "I know how to take him on".

Now, the mayor says he plans to "redouble my efforts to improve the quality of life of everyday New Yorkers".

Mr.de Blasio branded the president "Con Don", and highlighted how he had already fought the Trump administration on everything from climate change to immigration.

"If you don't get in real early, you have a challenge", he said. His central message was fighting income inequality, a theme he hit in the video announcing his presidential candidacy. "It's just in the wrong hands", he said.

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